Piano-voice duo mingjames was born on the glistening peaks of Banff, Alberta, when James Fernando (who lives in Falls Church, Virginia) and Mingjia Chen (who lives in Toronto, Ontario) decided to invest in possibly the least practical method of music-making... starting a long distance contemporary jazz band. What they don't have in common: amount of hair, exercise routine (or lack-there-of), and of course, physical location most of the time. What they do have in common: a great love for songwriting, wine, google drive, and Elliott Smith.